Yesterday, Jim Bakker continued to make the case that the people protesting Donald Trump are possessed by demons. Bakker told evangelist Billye Brim that he encountered “four rotten little girls” demonstrating against Trump during the president’s inauguration, asserting: “It was a possession, it’s the demons.” “What’s happening is we’ve had leaders who have opened our country to demon powers,” he said. “They have worked for the dark side, the other side. We have millions of demon-possessed people in this country now.” Brim agreed that demons were behind such anti-Trump protests such as the Women’s March on Washington and urged viewers to pray for confusion in their ranks.
Silly me; I’d always thought free speech and expression to be a cherished right guaranteed by the Constitution’s 1st Amendment. How was I to know that said freedom only applies to those who express reliably Conservative views- you know, waive the flag, pray, read from the Bible, etc.?
Until recently, I worked at Portland International airport part-time. PDX has seen a protest or two after the executive order issued by God’s Own President © banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the US. I fielded a number of indignant calls- I suspect from good, God-fearing Conservative patriots- demanding to know “How could you let them protest??”
Well, there’s this little thing I like to call the “1st Amendment,” which is an important and valued part of the Constitution (It’s awesome; you really should read it sometime, knowhutimean?). It guarantees and protects things like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. You don’t get to prevent people from protesting because you happen to dislike what they think or the way in which they choose to express themselves.
People who protest, especially those of us who call the left side of the political spectrum home, aren’t “demon-possessed people.” We’re not “jobless” or “unAmerican” or “lacking in patriotism.” Indeed, the fact that we protest means we care deeply about what’s happening in this country, which is as much ours as it yours. America doesn’t belong to Conservatives; you don’t get to lean on your self-proclaimed moral superiority and your hatred of “Liberal crybabies” to demand that opposing voices be squelched. That’s not how democracy works. That’s not how America works.
The most amusing part of this scenario is Jim Bakker’s conviction that he’s the reasonable and sane one in the room. That’s some world-class chutzpah, even for a grifter of Bakker’s stature.
It’s bad enough the inmates now running the asylum. They’ve managed to convince themselves God gifted them the asylum as a reward for their devotion.